Measurable and Time_bound? I don\'t think it would be possible to undertake research on something that had no measure nor a time restriction _ how would you know that you had achieved success if there was no measure, and if there is no time limit, when would you stop measuring or even not measuring. So these remain \'common sense\' though a post_modernist might disagree. So there is support for the concept of SMART goals _ now why is it so important that we \'write\' them down? There are some who suggest that writing something down increases commitment to the goal but the evidence is anecdotal. For some individuals, the act of writing something down assists clarity through a conscious process because they consider something written to be a personal commitment. Does that mean it is true for everyone? To help answer this, we undertook primary research to mirror the mythical Yale Study. Through a simple questionnaire, respondents were asked if they had set goals for themself on leaving school, college or university, when this was and if they had written it down. They were then asked to estimate their total personal wealth now. The results are quite shocking.
Final thoughts _ From our survey, those individuals who set performance goals using slight variations of this process represent a small, though statistically significant fraction of the sample that have a net higher annualized personal wealth accumulation. ƒሇ times) and are more satisfied than individuals who use only one or two aspects of this process. It is not the writing down of the goal that makes the difference; it seems to be the emphasis on performance or ability and the process of thinking through the goal. And for those of you, like me, who just didn\'t get round to setting goals way back and worry that you might have missed out _ well you can\'t go back and revise history, but you can create a new one now.